What to Look for in Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows

If you’re looking for a quality, energy efficient window for your San Diego home, we recommend looking into vinyl windows. Not only do vinyl windows offer a wide variety of benefits, but they have also earned an impressive reputation for helping homeowners save hundreds on their annual energy expenses. However, it’s important to remember that not all vinyl windows are created equal. In order to get the most for your money, you’ll want to look for some tell-tale energy efficient signs. To help you, we’ve put together a list of what to look for while shopping for your new energy efficient vinyl windows.

Check the U-Factor
To the naked eye, two vinyl windows can look exactly the same but have entirely different insulating capabilities. That’s why it’s so important to check the U-factor (or U-Value) on the window labels. A U-factor is a rating similar to the “miles per gallon” on your car. Its purpose is to let you know how well a window will insulate your home. It’s important to remember when checking the U-factor on vinyl windows that the lower the number, the better the windows’ insulating capabilities.

Go for Double or Triple Paned Glass
According to the American Energy Association (AEA), up to 60% of the energy wasted in the average American household escapes through its windows and doors. Contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t always occur in the form of drafts and gaps. Often, heating and air conditioning can escape a home through thin, single pane windows that can’t effectively insulate your home. By choosing vinyl windows with double or triple pane glass, you can keep your heating and cooling efforts inside your home where it belongs.

Forget About the Blue Tint
When vinyl windows were initially launched on the market, homeowners and builders quickly caught on to the fact that the higher quality vinyl windows seemed to have a slightly blue tint to them. This was due to the fact that some manufacturers added an extra sealing chemical to the manufacturing process to enhance the windows insulating capabilities, causing a slightly blue tint. So, for some time, vinyl windows with a blue tint were known to be more energy efficient. However, competing manufacturers noticed the trend and started adding their own blue dye to their manufacturing process to create the same look without the added benefits. To avoid the scam, always check the vinyl window labels to know what it’s truly capable of within a home.

If you’re looking for quality energy efficient windows San Marcos, then it’s time to stop by Pelican Replacement Windows to find the right window option for your home. Our window experts are highly trained on which windows will help make your home greener and more affordable. Take the first step towards a more comfortable, affordable, and energy efficient home by calling (760) 598-6433 or stop by and see the quality vinyl windows on our showroom floor at 2210 La Mira Dr. Vista, CA 92081.

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